October 26, 2016

SKEDBALL: World Series Game 1 Ratings (UPDATED)

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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UPDATE: Game 1 of the 2016 World Series averaged just under 19.4 million viewers 2+ live+same day in the official nationals, second only to 2009 (Phillies-Yankees) in the last decade (and just narrowly behind it).  With the key sales demographics, the game is also well above average, generally ranking #3 among Game 1 telecasts since 2006, behind only 2007 and 2009.  The older audience of men 50+ was relatively high, pushing the median age of the Game 1 audience to 53.2 years, among the highest in recent years, however.



In the preliminary affiliate-based nationals, Game 1 of the 2016 World Series (Cleveland Indians defeating the Chicago Cubs 6-0) averaged 18.7 million persons 2+ and a 5.4 persons 18-49 rating live+same day.  Normally, World Series ratings do not change significantly in the official nationals from the early preliminary nationals (unlike other live-to-all-time-zone telecasts such as the NFL and major awards shows), so any adjustment later today should be minimal.  The 2016 World Series is off to a very good start, on pace to be the #2 Game 1 in the past decade among total viewers 2+ and #3 among 18-49 year-olds.  This chart will be updated later today when the nationals for Tuesday are available.



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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.